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Tag: Coastguard

$4 Mil Worth of Marijuana Found Floating Off California Coast

 

OC Sherriff recovers marijuana bales in Dana Point harbor. Credit: Patty Field

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Orange County Harbor Patrol spent Sunday recovering huge quantities of marijuana from the water off the Californian coast, as impressed gawkers asked, “Anyone lose their stash?”

Based on the quantity, it looks like a lot of people did.

The Huffington Post reports 180 bales of marijuana wrapped in garbage bags, containing more than 8,000 pounds of drugs at a street value over $4 million, were discovered floating about 15 miles from Dana Point Sunday around noon. It took federal, state and law enforcement authorities working together into the evening to retrieve all of the bundles. It was then turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, according to an official statement from the agency.

The Coastguard, ICE, local harbor patrols, and Border Patrol have seen a recent increase in ocean drug smuggling. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that combined figures from these and other maritime agencies show a leap from 45 smuggling events in 2008 to 183 in 2011, and 203 apprehensions in ’08 compared with a staggering 631 in 2011. Their report does not seem to assess whether there has been an uptick in crime or improvements in law enforcement efforts.

However we do know someone somewhere had a lot of explaining to do Monday morning about their lost shipment of marijuana.

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FBI Seeks Help from Public in Solving Coastguard Killings

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

More than 100 people memorialized two slain U.S. Coastguard employees in Alaska last week as “full of honor, courage and passion for their families,” but the FBI offered little closure on their deaths.

The L.A. Times reports that the April 12th shooting of Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and civilian employee Richard Belisle at a Kodiak communications station remain unresolved with no arrests. The FBI is seeking information from the public about two vehicles that may have been used in connection with the shooting: a white 2002 Dodge Ram pickup and a blue 2001 Honda CRV.

FBI spokesman Darrin Jones stressed there is no indication that the public is at risk. Meanwhile, various local Kodiak news outlets reported a search of the home of the victims’ coworker, according to the Times.

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